Wally was right: Predictive ability of the North Atlantic "conveyor belt" hypothesis for abrupt climate change

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Abstract

Linked, abrupt changes of North Atlantic deep water formation, North Atlantic sea ice extent, and widespread climate occurred repeatedly during the last ice age cycle and beyond in response to changing freshwater fluxes and perhaps other causes. This paradigm, developed and championed especially by W. S. Broecker, has repeatedly proven to be successfully predictive as well as explanatory with high confidence. Much work remains to fully understand what happened and to assess possible implications for the future, but the foundations for this work are remarkably solid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
EditorsRaymond Jeanloz, Arden Albee, Kevin Burke, Katherine Freeman
Pages241-272
Number of pages32
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2007

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Volume35
ISSN (Print)0084-6597

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Alley, R. B. (2007). Wally was right: Predictive ability of the North Atlantic "conveyor belt" hypothesis for abrupt climate change. In R. Jeanloz, A. Albee, K. Burke, & K. Freeman (Eds.), Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences (pp. 241-272). (Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Vol. 35). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.earth.35.081006.131524